History Of The Museum

A Brief History Of The Waterworks Museum – Hereford

1974 Waterworks Museum established as a charitable trust
 1984Restructured as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity
 1992Tangye House opened (the former Leominster water pumping station)
 1999Museum starts to open every Tuesday (with weekly gathering of Volunteers)
 1999Museum celebrates silver anniversary
 2000English Heritage put main building on register of ‘listed buildings at risk’, which required a major work on the roof and chimneystack
 2001Trustees announce plans to refurbish the listed building and build a new Visitor Centre, new engine exhibition space and an engineers’ workshop
 2002Go ahead for new build project confirmed
 2003Museum closed for two years for Listed Building refurbishment (2003-2005)
 2004Funding for new build project and Rotherwas Building project confirmed
 2005Offered the Blackstone engine and relics from Rotherwas Munitions Factory
 2006Leased additional land for Rotherwas Building
 2006Visitor Centre (Easthall), Southall Engine Gallery and Engineers Workshop formally opened
 2007Rotherwas Building opened + Hereford’s only permanent exhibition to WWII
 2007Accredited Museum status attained
 2010Water on Tap exhibition opened
 2010Concept for a Heritage Water Park announced + additional land leased
 2011Planning permission confirmed for Heritage Water Park
 2011Museum starts is programme of children’s events in the school  holidays
 2012Funding confirmed for Heritage Water Park
 2014Museum celebrates 40th anniversary
 2015Heritage Water Park opened
 2016Waterworks Museum launched Stirling Engine bicentenary with a new display
 2017Massington Lineshaft Display opened (phase 2 opened in 2018)
 2018Opening of The Old Workshop
 2018Museum’s Triple Expansion Steam Engine receives Engineering Heritage Award
 2019Royal Visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
 2020Museum closed for the first time since the rebuild project in 2002-2005 (Coronavirus)
 2024We are already planning for the 50th anniversary of the Waterworks Museum